Nacho Libre

Will Blanton

With the recent history of Jack Black creating the “Jablinski Games” YouTube channel, proving that he’s still famous as a house hold name, (Earning 2.5 Million subscribers without providing any actual gaming content.) I’ve decided to go back to the year of 2006, and cover a movie that had Mr. Black nominated for multiple awards such as “Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star” and “Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry”. The wrestling movie that made me cringe, Nacho Libre.

It was released in the Summer of 2006 with a budget of $35 Million, and raked in $99.3 Million at the box office and it combined the charm of Jack Black with a topic that was at the peak of its popularity, Professional Wrestling. Nacho Libre was supposed to release the previous May but Paramount pushed it back to avoid it getting utterly buried by “X-Men: The Last Stand”. It showed conflict, romance, struggle and heartache. It felt like 4 weeks of pro wrestling booking slammed into a ninety-two minute movie. It had former CMLL (Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) World Heavyweight Champion Silver King playing the role of the villain Ramses, Mascarita Dorada II, famously known as “El Torito” as one of the “Midget Wrestlers” and Craig Williams, famously known as Human Tornado in the independent wrestling scene as El Snowflake making the wrestling look as authentic as possible. Even though steps were taken to not make it suck, it did just that.

At this point in time in my personal life, I was a HUGE fan of wrestling having been a fan for eleven years and actively involved with wrestling for three years. (Side Note: The first wrestling match I saw was Lawrence Taylor Vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, so technically I should have known what shit was from day one.) I’m under the assumption that if my personal history wasn’t deeply rooted in wrestling, the matches portrayed in the movie would have been a one-hundred percent turn around and I would have actually enjoyed the movie.

Even though it was insanely loose on the story of a real-life Mexican Catholic priest Fray Tormenta, the story itself wasn’t the problem. Jack’s thick Mexican accent in the movie could be akin to a drunk man in a bar wearing a sombrero on Cinco De Mayo and it really took me out of the movie from the start. Why in the world they didn’t just cast an actual Mexican actor in this role is just a huge mind fuck to me. The casting of Silver King PROVED without a shadow of a doubt that they could cast well-known Lucha Libre stars for the starring role, however they wanted to milk the star power for what it’s worth. When doing research for this review, it turns out that Nickelodeon, and Paramount Pictures produced and distributed Nacho Libre. What. The. Fuck. At this point in time WWE Studios was in full force. By this time they released “The Scorpion King”, “The Rundown”, “Walking Tall” and “See No Evil” and they could have done WAY more than Nickelodeon could have done. Yes, they would have put in Rey Mysterio in the role instead, but at least it could have been WAY better.

As a wrestling fan this movie wasn’t all that great, but it wasn’t for me to begin with. Nickelodeon does well in the kids department, and I was 19 at the time the movie came out. I really shouldn’t have seen it to begin with. They provided what was, and is to this day, a safe PG wrestling movie that children can watch instead of what was a coin flip on if you were going to see blood on Monday or Thursday nights. If you have kids inside a wrestling house, I would strongly recommend this for the kids, however, sneak out to watch something on the WWE Network until the movie is over.

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